“I assert that if you are depressed after learning and being exposed to the cosmic perspective, you started your day with an unjustifiably large ego.”
Neil deGrasse Tyson
This video is, in essence, how people should look at new scientific knowledge as it is discovered. It’s not depressing to think about how huge the universe is, or that we are beings of atoms and energy. It’s amazing. Embrace it, because it is the truest thing you can know.
I am working on a novel right now! It follows two girls (Quark and Twiggy) as they live out their lives on Earth while the sun is dying. The atmosphere has been burned off the the sun’s hot radiation as the star nears the end of its life. Some people may be able to make it to the nearby galaxy Andromeda in hopes of finding a new home, but others will be left behind to witness the death of a star and the end of humanity as we know it.
Here’s a section of what I’ve gotten done already:
I was laying on my back. Quark was next to me, on the grassy crest of the hill. The trees around us photosynthesized with filtered sunlight and the carbon dioxide we breathed out.
“Did you know,” Quark said, “that we are all made of stardust?”
“Yeah,” I nodded.
Quark continued, “A star had to die for me to live, and I’ll die because another star is about to.”
My teeth clenched.
“Nothing’s changing,” Quark continued. “I’m just a collection of atoms–energy. Who was it? That said that about us being part of the universe?”
“Eckhart Tolle,” I replied, petting the grass. “He said we are a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself.”
“Yeah,” Quark agreed. “I like that. I’m going home.Returning to my original state. Death isn’t so bad.”
Lucky Star is about four girls going through high school in Japan. The contrasting personalities of the girls (otaku, studious, tsundere, and bonkura) make for well-balanced humor. It is a very light-hearted anime but it does better than other adaptions of four-panel manga in that it fills in what space would be between strips with its own content.
The English adaption of the manga, at least in the editions I own, was not well translated. I usually encourage the use of Japanese terms without any real english translation–like tsundere and moe–in any manga. The editor, translator, and letterer for the English version were all lacking. The manga contain multiple typos and errors that tend to detract from the overall experience at times. If you are a fan of the anime, though, I suggest you hunt down a copy. The strips are artfully illustrated and witty. Towards the end of the series, the volumes contain more and more strips that were used in advertisements for other series and feel like filler material.
Think before you go out to buy the manga–it is now out of print in the U.S. and not cheap! But definitely worth it if you are a fan.